Many people wonder if dental braces can change their face’s appearance, and the answer is yes, they can.
In fact, braces not only straighten teeth but can also impact some of your facial features such as the jawline, cheekbones, and overall facial structure.
Facial changes associated with braces
Dental braces work by applying gentle pressure to teeth over a period of time, gradually moving them into the desired position.
As teeth move, the underlying bone also changes shape to accommodate the new position.
This can result in changes in jaw position and facial shape, including:
- Improved facial symmetry and balance: Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can cause one side of the face to look different from the other. Braces can help correct these issues, resulting in a more symmetrical and balanced facial appearance.
- Effects on the lips, cheeks, and chin: As the teeth and jaw move, the position of the lips, cheeks, and chin may also change. For example, protruding teeth can cause the lips to stick out or the chin to look smaller than it actually is. Braces can help correct these issues, resulting in a more proportionate facial appearance.
- The importance of individualized treatment plans: Every person’s facial structure is unique, and a qualified orthodontist will develop a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. This ensures that the results of the treatment will enhance the person’s natural facial features rather than detract from them.
The benefits of braces for facial appearance
In addition to improving dental health, braces can have a significant impact on facial aesthetics. Some of the benefits of braces for facial appearance include:
- Improved self-confidence: Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause embarrassment or self-consciousness, especially in social situations. Braces can help correct these issues, resulting in a more confident smile and overall appearance.
- Enhancing overall facial aesthetics: A well-aligned smile can enhance the overall appearance of the face, making it look more attractive and youthful.
- Correcting bite problems: An incorrect bite can cause discomfort or pain, as well as contribute to jaw problems. Braces can help correct these issues, resulting in improved oral health and a more comfortable bite.
- Preventing dental problems and preserving oral health: Crooked or misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean properly, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Braces can help prevent these problems and preserve oral health.
Dental braces can change your face by impacting the jawline, cheekbones, and overall facial symmetry.
However, any changes will likely be gradual and not immediately noticeable.
By understanding how braces work and what to expect during and after treatment, patients can make an informed decision about whether braces are right for them.
If you are interested in learning more about braces, contact Every Smile Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our experienced orthodontists.